Policeman jailed over car fraud

A policeman who conned a woman into buying his car, fabricated evidence and perverted the course of justice has been jailed for four months.

The woman had paid 37-year-old dog-handler Neil Stead £5,800 for his Honda Jazz which he told her it was "as new" and had never been in an accident.

But a garage a mechanic later found it had been crashed and badly repaired, and would cost another £3,500 to put right.

Sheffield Crown Court heard that Stead had bought the car from a salvage yard for £3,550 knowing it had been involved in an accident, and arranged for it to be repaired.

When he refused to refund the money the woman took him to Doncaster County Court. Stead fabricated a statement saying a relative had arranged to buy the car from the salvage yard and for it to be repaired.

Stead, of The Paddocks, Worksop, Nottinghamshire, admitted fraud and perverting the course of justice at a previous hearing.

Judge Peter Jones told him: "You were and had been a serving police officer. Buying a second-hand vehicle privately is always a very daunting task and nevertheless the purchaser and her father derived a great deal of confidence from you."

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